Will battle this fall for role somewhere on 2001 Notre Dame offensive line . . . probably will remain at tackle though he had been under consideration at guard with Irish in market for two new starters for '01 campaign . . . fifth-year player who was approved for extra season of eligibility in 2001 by Faculty Board on Athletics since he did not play at all in '97 . . . reserve offensive tackle in 2000 campaign after starting there in '99 . . . named to 2000 preseason All-Independent team by Football News . . . versatile player capable of playing on either side of offensive line . . . smart, experienced lineman who can handle variety of assignments . . . sound athlete who has come a long way in understanding intensity required on every down . . . boasts all the tools to be key member of experienced Irish offensive line . . . missed 2001 spring drills due to off-season shoulder surgery.

AS A JUNIOR: Irish reserve at right offensive tackle in 2000 earned his third monogram . . . saw action on the offensive line in 11 games (all but Rutgers), including vs. Oregon State in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. . . also made 49 regular-season special team appearances.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Made first career start vs. Kansas in '99 at right offensive tackle . . . moved to left tackle to replace the injured Jordan Black vs. Pittsburgh . . . suffered arch injury in first half vs. Pittsburgh that put him out for season . . . started first 10 games of season . . . helped Irish rush for 363 yards (7.1 per carry) and five touchdowns vs. Kansas . . . helped Irish rank 21st nationally in total offense . . . also made 46 special-team appearances.

AS A FRESHMAN: Earned a monogram while playing in first 10 regular-season games in '98 as backup offensive tackle . . . made 51 regular-season special team appearances, then four more in '99 Gator Bowl vs. Georgia Tech . . . saw action at tackle vs. Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Baylor and Navy . . . did not see varsity action as rookie Irish offensive lineman in '97.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Honorable mention USA Today prep All-America pick . . . first-team all-state as senior . . . earned three letters in football as offensive and defensive lineman, tight end and defensive end at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo. . . . captain of team as senior . . . all-state, all-metro and all-district as senior in '96 on defensive line . . . caught 13 passes for 205 yards and two TDs as tight end in '96 . . . made 47 tackles, nine sacks and blocked two punts as defensive end in '96 . . . earned three letters in basketball and also competed in shot put and discus in track . . . from same high school that produced former Irish offensive linemen Tim Ryan and Mike McGlinn . . . born 8-24-78 in Springfield, Mo. . . . second oldest of three children . . . full name is John Patrick Teasdale . . . father is the former governor of Missouri . . . enrolled in Mendoza College of Business with major in management.


The John Teasdale File

  • The Irish offensive player who will surprise people this year is David Givens
  • The Irish defensive player who will surprise people this year is Darrell Campbell
  • The sports teams I followed when I was younger were Perennial hometown powerhouses
  • A word to describe me on the field is Intense
  • A word to describe me off the field is Chilled
  • My favorite food to eat for pregame meal is Hot chocolate
  • If I could bring anything from my hometown to Notre Dame it would be Ruby's Soul Food Cafe
  • The CD that is in my player the most is Soundtrack to Boogie Nights
  • The area I would like to improve as a football player is Pancakes
  • My greatest personal athletic moment was Nailing a 7-10 split
  • The most stimulating class I ever took at Notre Dame was Social Dance
  • If I could compete against any Notre Dame athlete (non-football), it would be Alicia Ratay (women's basketball)
  • The people who have helped me the most since I've been at Notre Dame are Coach Mick, Coach Steve Addazio, Bob Chmiel, Jim Russ

John Teasdale
John  Teasdale


Kansas City, MO

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 305

Offensive Tackle


HS Coach:
Tony Severino

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